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Literacy Specialist - Various Campuses (2019-2020)

Department: Instructional Leadership
Location: Houston, TX

POSITION: Literacy Specialist 

REPORTS TO: Director of Academics 

POSITION TYPE: 11-month 

LOCATION: Houston, Texas  

THE CHALLENGE 

Across the nation, only half of all students from low-income communities graduate from high school and only 10% earn a college degree. Even though 85% of our students are  economically disadvantaged, YES Prep provides evidence that different outcomes are possible. Eighty-seven (87%) of YES Prep alumni matriculate to college within one year and alumni like Eddie Zapata are earning their college degrees at five times the rate of their peers with similar socioeconomic backgrounds. How do we do this? Each of YES Prep’s 18 campuses serves 6th-12th graders like Monique Bowie. Students typically enter YES Prep one or more grade levels behind, but quickly find themselves on a different life trajectory. This is a result of transformative relationships with teachers and leaders, and access to excellent educational opportunities. 

As the first minority-majority city, Houston’s schools cannot keep up with demand from students like Eddie and Monique. Houston is the 4th largest city (on track to become the 3rd), and this booming population translates into 2,000 families on YES Prep’s waitlist. YES Prep’s student enrollment is estimated to grow 31% between now and 2023 (from just over 13,000 students currently to 17,000).  

THE OPPORTUNITY 

YES Prep needs a dynamic Literacy Specialist, with a diverse set of experiences, to make our mission a reality. As a YES Prep employee, you will achieve jaw-dropping results, create pathways to opportunity for our students, build transformative relationships, and eliminate educational inequities to advance social justice.  

To put it simply, you will play an integral role in assisting in managing the school’s general business operations. 

THE ROLE 

When you join the YES Prep team, some of the exciting work and responsibilities will include: 

  • Setting clear expectations and standards for excellent literacy instruction in all content areas, along with the School Director and/or Director of Academics 

  • Ensuring that students receive outstanding instruction in reading intervention classes by observing and coaching a cohort of reading intervention teachers 

  • Ensuring that English Language Learners (ELLs), non-fluent, and dyslexic students are receiving appropriate accommodations in all classrooms by observing and coaching content teachers and collaborating with instructional leadership 

  • Tracking progress monitoring of reading intervention teachers and grades of ELLs and dyslexic students and use this data to drive coaching 

  • Working with district Instructional Coaches to provide targeted support to first- and second-year teachers 

  • Working with Home Office leadership on system-wide instructional initiatives 

  • Directing campus’ ELL and dyslexia programs to ensure the academic success of these students and maintain compliance with state and federal law 

  • Coordinating and directing testing for special populations, including Maze and R-CBM benchmarks, Oral Language Proficiency and TELPAS, and dyslexia screenings throughout the year 

  • Overseeing the ELL compliance work completed by a campus clerk, registrar, or office coordinator, and oversee the dyslexia compliance work completed by the SPED Compliance Specialist/SPED department 

  • Ensuring that ELL and dyslexic students receive all appropriate accommodations on high-stakes testing, including STAAR and Common Assessments, and applying for accommodations for dyslexic students taking College Board exams 

  • Providing one-on-one or small group literacy instruction to dyslexic students needing Level-2 services (this service is in addition to a regularly scheduled reading intervention class) 

  • Providing one-on-one or small group interventions in spoken English (beginning ELLs), writing or handwriting, or additional time in intervention 

  • Assisting in the planning and delivery of professional learning opportunities to campus teachers and staff during beginning of year, as well as selecting professional development days throughout the school year 

  • Providing leadership in identifying and acquiring appropriate teaching materials, textbooks, and equipment 

  • Teaching a recommended number of two periods of reading intervention per day or serve as a Dean of Instruction for a recommended number of four Reading Intervention teachers 

  • Additional duties as assigned 

THE PERSON 

We seek staff with diverse backgrounds, talents, interests, and ideas. Certain traits consistently shine through for our most successful employees: passion for the mission, drive for results, care for students, resilience, and humility. Other traits needed and desired for this role are:  

MUST HAVES 

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution 

  • Certified ESL Teacher 

  • Belief in and commitment to the mission and core values of YES Prep Public Schools 

  • Openness to giving and receiving frequent feedback 

  • Demonstrated ability to work on a team 

  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and initiatives at once 

  • Ability to maintain emotional control under stress 

BONUS POINTS 

  • Master’s Degree in Dyslexia, Education, Reading, Special Education, or a related field 

  • 5 years of teaching in the classroom 

  • 2 years of teaching Direct Instruction 

  • Familiarity with assessments central to this role – TELPAS, Oral Reading Fluency, Maze 

THE PERKS 

  • Compensation – This position is an exempt, salaried position; salary offers commensurate with experience. 

  • Health and Supplemental Insurance–  A $0.00 medical option that includes $600 towards a Health Savings Account, in addition to a variety of supplemental benefits including Dental, Vision, Short and Long Term Disability, Pet Insurance, Life, etc. 

  • Paid Time Off– 12 days of Paid Time Off in addition to the system closures of our Academic Calendar 

  • Paid Leave Programming – In the event you need to be out due to a medical reason, YES Prep offers up to 12 weeks of full paid leave 

  • Professional Development - YES Prep values longevity and performance over time through our Commit to Five program. We invest in developing leaders through high-quality programs, effective coaching, and ongoing professional development.  

WE ARE DEEPLY COMMITTED TO EQUITY & DIVERSITY 

YES Prep strives to recruit a diverse team of leaders. We believe there is a transformative academic and social benefit for students when their teachers and leaders reflect a diversity of backgrounds. Ninety-seven percent (97%) of staff members agree that the organization provides a welcoming environment given their background and identity according to our latest system survey.

YES Prep is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. 

THE NEXT STEPS  

If this sounds like your just right job, please apply here

If you are not sure this opportunity is for you, are simply curious, or know someone who would be perfect, please reach out to our Talent Acquisition team to be connected to a recruiter at talent@yesprep.org

Selection Process

The selection process will follow the below timeline:

  • Application window: December 10, 2018- January 13, 2019
  • Candidates moving forward will be notified of selection activities on February 6, 2019
  • Candidates must submit selection activities by February 10th 2019 at 11:59 pm CST
  • Final Interviews will take place from February 19, 2019- March 5, 2019

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